The East Coast Greenway Alliance roster expands to 11 employees this summer, while just a few years ago we had only four. On July 9, we welcome Kristine Keeney to the team to serve as our New England Greenway coordinator. From her base in Portland, Maine, Keeney's region includes four states (Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Rhode Island) and over 500 miles of the East Coast Greenway’s 3,000-mile route.
"We have an opportunity for the Greenway to accelerate development in the four-state New England region,” says Niles Barnes, deputy director of the ECGA. “We are excited to have Kristine on board, ready to develop and strengthen the many partnerships at the local, state and regional levels to get the Greenway built."
Keeney comes to ECGA from the Mad River Valley Planning District, where she served as a Community Planner for three towns (Waitsfield, Warren, and Fayston), as well as the Chamber of Commerce and Sugarbush Resort. In her position she focused on transportation, affordable housing, recreation, data and community outreach.
Prior to her work in Vermont, Keeney served as the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator for the City of Portland, Maine, where she specialized in the planning and project management of transportation infrastructure projects to increase safety and accessibility for all road users. During her time in Portland, she also started a public/private partnership Bike Corral Program, managed the city’s bike rack inventory, as well as passed an ordinance and created procedures for the removal and donation of abandoned bicycles to non-profits specializing in refurbishing bikes for community benefit.
Keeney earned a master's degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science & International Affairs from American University. She serves on the board of directors of the Granite Backcountry Alliance with the goal of advancing the sport of backcountry skiing in New Hampshire and Western Maine.
"With ambitious and tangible goals, the Greenway is fortunate to attract and bring together committed and passionate staff and volunteers,” says Niles. “We are excited about the possibilities with Kristine now on the Alliance team. Her past leadership experience coupled with her drive and focus will make her a great addition to an already strong team."
Keeney enjoys spending her free time skiing, biking, sailing, surfing, climbing, and canoeing around New England.
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